NHL’er Joe Crabb scores as Aces beat the Condors 2-1

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – F Liam Huculak returned to Bakersfield with a goal and a fight, and G Brian Stewart made 39 saves, but it was not enough as  the Bakersfield Condors (5-12-1-2, 13pts) fell to the Alaska Aces (15-5-0-0, 30pts) by a 2-1 margin on Friday night at Rabobank Arena.
NHL F Joey Crabb gave the Aces a 1-0 lead at 5:44 of the first period after a good forecheck from F Nick Mazzolini freed the puck up for a shot from the left-wing circle by Crabb. The Condors equalized at 1-1 when F Liam Huculak poked home a loose puck behind Aces G Gerald Coleman after a bad angle shot from LW Ev an Trupp. The goal came at 9:22 of the frame and the score stayed that way as the Aces out-shot Bakersfield, 14-10.
The Aces took the lead for good early in the second period as F Bobby Hughes snapped off a shot from the slot past the blocker of Condors G Brian Stewart for a 2-1 lead at 1:35. Shots favored Alaska, 16-7.
Bakersfield had a late flurry in the third with their goaltender pulled for an extra attacker, but they could not find the equalizer and fell, 2-1. Huculak picked up five of his 11 penalty minutes on the night in the third period, earning a fighting major when he took on F Dustin Molle. Shots were 11-4 for Alaska in the third, and 41-21 in the game. 
Tonight’s box score: click here 
Condors droppings:
Tonight was the only meeting of the season in Bakersfield between the two sides. The Condors will head to Anchorage for a three-game set in early March… F Liam Huculak played his first game as a Condor since 2008-09… D Alain Goulet returned to Condorstown, where he spent the majority of the 2011-12 season, as a member of the Aces… Shots on goal: BAK – 21 , AK – 41 … Power plays: BAK- 0/6 , AK- 0/5 … Three Stars: #1 Hughes (AK), #2 Stewart (BAK), #3 Huculak (BAK)

The Condors head to Stockton to begin a three-game road trip on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Condors Countdown gets you going at 7:15 p.m. on Fox Sports  Radio 970, www.foxsports970am.com, iheartradio app, or www.americaonesports.com

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